Chapter 31 – Like it?

After Being Marked by a Powerful Love Rival
Amber.es
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Gu Xingchuan made a few calls, but Song Yi didn’t answer any of them, he only sent a message back saying that he was busy.

He didn’t know what was going on with Gu Xingchuan, and he didn’t want to bother finding out. He couldn’t figure out his own affairs, and he had no inclination to argue with Gu Xingchuan.

When Song Yi returned home after taking a shower, he took out an album from the deepest part of the cabinet, and laid it on the bed, opening it very carefully. Inside of it was a group photo.

The photo was taken during a group outing in the first year of high school. It was spring; teenagers were grinning while Song Yi was the only one sitting on the lawn frowning as Shen Li sat beside him. At the moment the camera button clicked, he gently squeezed Song Yi’s hand from behind.

It was a secret that only belonged to him and Shen Li.

At that time, his father was seriously ill. Their family’s affairs were in a mess. The treatment required a lot of money. The amount exceeded what Song Yi could imagine for his age. Zhao Hongyan discussed with their relatives about giving up treatment and saving money for an orphan and widow’s life. Song Yi vehemently disagreed, and this defiance caused Zhao Hongyan to hit him for the first time.

It was at this time that Shen Li offered him assistance and paid 50,000 yuan in medical expenses, which relieved the Song family’s urgent need.

Although Song Yi’s father left in the end, Song Yi always remembered Shen Li’s goodness, of how he gave help when he desperately needed it. That was why he was willing to walk through fire for Shen Li.

Before that, Song Yi was only kind to Shen Li because of his appearance, a youth’s nostalgia for the opposite sex.1Cause Song Yi was previously an alpha and Shen Li an omega. So it’s considered heterosexual. Since then, Shen Li became irreplaceable in Song Yi’s heart. This feeling was mixed with gratitude and affection, and was exceptionally firm. 

But time had moved on. During that moment when Shen Li kissed him today, there were no longer any waves or ripples in his heart, no more emotional highs and lows.

He always felt that he was rather serious about feelings. His like really meant like – it was concise and clear. If he doesn’t like, then so be it. There was no hesitation, and he had always been doing well like this.

But whenever it came to Shen Li, the omega who had helped him out of danger, even though he had no feelings now, he still couldn’t help taking care of him, only hoping that Shen Li would be happy.

It would take him some time to let Shen Li go and bid farewell to this unsuccessful relationship.

Song Yi’s next studio has not yet been finalized. His former drama teacher threw an olive branch to him. This teacher was a leading figure in the drama industry, with many qualifications and great skills. He had brought up countless emperor-level and empress-level actors.

This time, it was a top actor training class organised by America. In order to be politically correct, it planned to recruit a few Chinese. His teacher happened to have a relationship with the people within and recommended a list of names, one of which had Song Yi’s name.

In this kind of class, learning acting skills was just one aspect. More importantly, it was a very good opportunity to elevate one’s status by establishing connections  with producers and directors and expanding one’s contacts.

Song Yi pleaded with his teacher to pay more attention to this training class; he was prepared to participate in the interview whenever and wherever it might be.

Then, it happened to be Song Yi’s birthday. Few people knew about his birthday. When he was a child celebrating his birthday, he had to invite his classmates over to dinner. That time, he didn’t have the money to spare and after he was older, he didn’t place much emphasis on his own birthday when he grew up. Instead it was Song Jie who spent all his birthdays with him.

This year, Song Jie had a huge belly and she was raising her child as she recuperated in the maternity group. It was not convenient to move around, hence she ordered cakes and a watch in advance and had them delivered.

Song Yi was eating cake at home alone when he video called Song Jie, and comfortably chatted with her.

Song Jie saw he was alone in the video and frowned. “Where’s Mom? Didn’t she go to your house recently?”

“Went to play mahjong.” Song Yi glanced at the time on the phone. It was four o’clock in the afternoon, not yet the end of Zhao Hongyan’s card game.

Song Jie lowered her face and groaned. “Did she forget that today was your birthday? I’ve told her about your birthday half a month in advance, why did she forget it again!?”

Song Yi smiled and said, “I’m not a child, I don’t need so many people to accompany me on my birthday. I am very happy to have you with me.”

Song Jie still couldn’t swallow this breath. She hammered the pillow in her hand to vent her anger. “How can such a  mother exist? Every year, she doesn’t remember your birthday. Even if she did remember, it was the wrong date. Really, it makes me so angry.”

Song Yi took a slow sip of water, smiled as he shook his head. “I myself, am not angry.  So why should you? You shouldn’t be so easily angered nowadays.”

“When did you ever get angry?” Song Jie gritted her teeth, angered and indignant. “She eats  your things, drinks your things and spends your money. Yet she can’t even cook a meal for you. How could she be like this?”

Song Yi shrugged. It didn’t matter. “I asked her to come to my house because I was afraid that those people would harass her. She’s not here to be my nanny. I won’t be angered for how she lived before and how she lives now. Don’t think about this anymore, just take care of yourself.”

He had cleared his thoughts on this. In the past, there was no money at home. Zhao Hongyan liked to play cards and couldn’t go to any good places. She could only sit at the gate of the community to play cards with people. Now that she has the ability, she went to those high-end entertainment venues that gave meals and massages. It was incredibly comfortable.

Song Yi was very happy. If it had been like before, where Zhao Hongyan was outside everyday and getting into unknown trouble,  he was still the one who worried. Now, it was better. At least, there was no chance of it.

He didn’t expect much from Zhao Hongyan. As long as she didn’t get sick and didn’t give him moths2ie trouble, she could spend his money at will and  do whatever she wanted to do.

He ended Song Jie’s video call, and then the phone rang once more. A photo message from Gu Xingchuan. The scene in the photo was very familiar, it showed Song Yi’s house downstairs.

Song Yi glanced around before deciding to go downstairs, lest Gu Xingchuan come to the door and he had to lead the wolf into the room again.

Gu Xingchuan had changed the car. The orange McLaren was a bit lower-key than the swaggering Bugatti. The windows were half open. In order to block the dazzling sun, the tall nose framed a pair of cool disc sunglasses with a lower jaw. The curve of his lips was arrogant, just like a model in a fashion magazine.

He saw Song Yi. The window lowered further. His elbow was on the edge of the glass. “Get in the car, ge will take you to the yacht.”

Whose ge are you, Song Yi thought. This brat wanting to act as an elder brother. Although he did really want to go boating as the weather was suitable for wind fishing, the last time he went with Gu Xingchuan… That menacing kiss was still fresh in his memory.

He would not heal the scar and forget the pain. “I have something to do, I can’t go.”

“What item?” Gu Xingchuan glanced at him.

Song Yi smiled. “It has nothing to do with you.”

Gu Xingchuan stretched out his arm from the car window, gently pulled Song Yi’s sleeves like a dog scratching a person. He gave a few blinks and looked at him. “Why doesn’t it have anything to do with me?”

Song Yi glanced down at his hands, a pair of perfectly beautiful hands, slender knuckles and clean. His heart softened. “Stop making trouble, I’ll return home if there’s nothing else.”

“You can’t.” Gu Xingchuan grabbed his sleeves and shook his sleeves in a mild manner, bearing some inexplicable intimacy and coquetry. “You have to go with me, I want to celebrate your birthday.”

You are going to celebrate my birthday?” Song Yi was a little surprised. Why would Gu Xingchuan want to celebrate his birthday?

Gu Xingchuan nodded, glancing at him before quickly turning his head away. “Hurry up and get in the car, don’t dilly dally.”

Song Yi was rather moved. If he said he would celebrate his birthday earlier, he would have given Gu Xingchuan face.

He went into the co-pilot seat. Before he sat down, Gu Xingchuan said unhappily, “You go home and change your clothes. Dress a little smarter.”

He had never forgotten how Song Yi’s attire for Shen Li’s birthday was so beautiful that all eyes in the crowd were stuck on Song Yi.

Song Yi looked down at his clothes. The home clothes he wore at home – casual sports pants and loose short sleeves – though not suitable for formal occasions, but for boating was more than enough.

“Forget it, just wear it like this ba.” Gu Xingchuan changed his words and exhaled softly, expressing his disgust.

Song Yi ignored him, thinking about the scene of boating – the rippling wind with blue waves. How better it would be if there was a cute omega beside him on the boat at the lake.

The car sped all the way and drove out of the urban area. The setting sun sank, casting the sky in a golden aura. 

It didn’t look like they were going to the park. Song Yi’s boating dream gradually shattered. “Where are we going?”

“You’ll know in a while.” Gu Xingchuan was secretive.

Until the sky was dim, the street lights burst open, and they reached Hebei.

Song Yi pushed the door and got out of the car and saw a small white cruise ship. He followed Gu Xingchuan to the cruise ship’s cabin.

As soon as he pushed the door, he was dazzled by the countless balloons and ribbons in the room. White and mint colored balloons hung from the ceiling. The lights of the little stars circled around. Glow sticks were scattered all over the ground, with words in the middle, carving a phrase ‘Happy Birthday’. The atmosphere was both magical and romantic.

Song Yi was stunned. He turned his neck and gave a strange look at Gu Xingchuan. Why was there such a big display?

Gu Xingchuan saw this look in his eyes, put his hands in his pants pockets, trying not to be as affected, pretending to be calm. “When I chartered the cruise ship, I said that there’s a friend who’s having a birthday and asked them to make some decorations. I didn’t expect it to be so fancy.”

Song Yi gave a long “Oh” and looked up carefully. The wallpaper on the wall seemed to be newly pasted. It seemed to be a big project, the color matching of the whole decorations was very fashionable and beautiful. It could be seen that everything was carefully selected. For those having no aesthetic foundation, it would be difficult to achieve this effect.

“Remember to tip the service staff more when you pay the balance. It’s hard for them.”

Gu Xingchuan crossed his arm and glanced at him.”Do you like it?”

“I like it. It looks good.” Song Yi had a sincere tone. This was the first time he had such a display for his birthday.

Gu Xingchuan’s eyes were curved. He took out a guitar from the locker like a magic trick. He half-held the guitar and sat on the armrest of the sofa casually, with one long leg bent. “I will sing a song for you as a birthday gift.”

Song Yi sat opposite him. “Can I request a song? I want to listen to one of the Music Emperor’s.”

“No.” Gu Xingchuan decisively refused, and slanted a glance at him. “I’m singing a song of my choice outside. One song worth 800,000 yuan and I’ll sing for you. Do you still want to listen?”

Song Yi smiled, changed a comfortable position and leaned on the sofa. “Sing ba. I’ll listen to whatever you sing.”

When the first string of notes sounded, Song Yi’s heart was shocked and surprised. He looked straight at Gu Xingchuan’s face.

Gu Xingchuan raised his head and glanced at him, curling his lips, his eyes focused and earnest, and the fingers that plucked the strings were long and clean.

“I say baby, you want to have freedom, you want to have your own sky.

You have to learn to be free and easy, you have to learn to be unrestrained.

Your happiness is more important than everything.

Baby, baby,

You want to ride the wind and waves,

Steering the boat across the sea,

You want to do whatever you want,

You just have to be fearless,”

Song Yi listened to this song “Riding the Winds” once during the live broadcast of Long-legged Handsome Brother. He really liked this relaxed tune and couldn’t forget it even after a long time had passed. It was such a pity the Long-legged Handsome Brother never sang it again.

He didn’t expect to hear this song here of all places.

Song Yi was stunned and dizzy. Fuck. 

Gu Xingchuan was Long-legged Handsome Brother.

The tall, mighty, rich yet not depraved, gentlemanly Long-legged Handsome Brother was actually Gu Xingchuan.

He had actually been unconsciously listening to Gu Xingchuan singing songs for so long, even awarding Gu Xingchuan with many rewards, spending a lot of money on him.

Various emotions poured into his head. He was angered and found it ridiculous at the same time. He should have thought of it a long time ago. At that time, he should have understood then, with the photo at the resort.

The guitar sound abruptly stopped. Gu Xingchuan’s eyes lit up, looking at him expectantly. “Do you like this?”

Song Yi had mixed and complex feelings in his heart. He half-heartedly nodded and lightly said, “I like it.”

Why did Gu Xingchuan vote for him? And why did Gu Xingchuan make an appointment with “Macbeth”?

“Since you like it, shouldn’t you repay me?” Gu Xingchuan put the guitar on the sofa, looked up and down Song Yi. His eyes lowered, and stated in a daunting manner, “800,000 yuan for a kiss of yours. How about it?”

Song Yi shook his head and mocked, “Why not give me 800,000 after I kiss you.”

“You really know how to do business.” Gu Xingchuan sneered as his eyes shone at Song Yi. Raising his hand with a flare of wickedness, he nodded. “I agree to this deal.”

Song Yi was not that stupid. Moreover, his ethics were more than 800,000 yuan. He smiled lightly, stood up and squeezed Gu Xingchuan’s cheek. The touch was smooth and tender. It felt really good. “I don’t agree. Cancel this transaction.”

Gu Xingchuan held his wrist and looked up at Song Yi with darkened eyes, his irises filled with longing. He slowly turned his head to the side, and his warm and soft lips pressed against the inside of Song Yi’s wrist, rubbing slowly, sensing a slight pulse beating between his lips. He stuck out his tongue and licked the pale blue veins, kissing it bit by bit.

From the beginning to the end, his eyes never  blinked. His eyes burned, never leaving Song Yi’s face.

  • 1
    Cause Song Yi was previously an alpha and Shen Li an omega. So it’s considered heterosexual.
  • 2
    ie trouble

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